Medicine as a Career Choice: Thinking Like a Doctor (DOCT0101)

Fall - October 17–December 20, 2020
Days & Time:
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Shibrah Jamil, Mayra Rodriguez

Course Description

Becoming a physician—mastering the intricacies of the human body and working to heal when illness occurs—has long been considered a noble pursuit, but it’s not all guts and glory. It takes a particular kind of mind; one that can focus on the smallest details while keeping the big picture in sight. A doctor must see the forest and the trees.

This course is an investigation into how a physician thinks. Discussion also covers what it takes to get into medical school, what it’s like to go through medical school and residency, and what it means to be a doctor in today’s society. The course includes asynchronous work, which students are expected to complete between class sessions.

Potential topics to be discussed include the following:

  • Logic and reasoning
  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Human psychology and its influence
  • The crossroads of media, myth, and medicine
  • Ethics
  • Malpractice
  • Medicine's history and future

Participants gain a deeper knowledge of the medical world as well as what it takes to think like a doctor—and acquire mental tools that can be utilized in any aspect of life.

DOCT0101 (Saturday AM) | Call Number: 22321 | View this listing on the Directory of Courses

DOCT0101 (Sunday AM) | Call Number: 24922 | View this listing on the Directory of Courses


Shibrah Jamil

Shibrah Jamil, a board-certified anesthesiologist who completed her residency at Mount Sinai Hospital, is the founding chairperson of SMJ Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization committed to improving health and education in economically disenfranchised communities. She volunteers for Doctors of the World Human Rights Clinic and actively supports UNICEF’s initiatives to improve maternal health. Shibrah holds an MD from SUNY Downstate and has over 15 years of experience as a practicing anesthesiologist in a variety of settings. As a medical student she interned with Indian Health Services in South Dakota and participated in a Health Care in Developing Countries elective in Kikuyu Hospital in Kenya.

Mayra Rodriguez

Dr. Mayra Rodriguez holds an undergraduate degree from Columbia University and an M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. After completing her internal medicine training at Montefiore Medical Center, she made the decision to become a kidney specialist at the Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Rodriguez has served widely diverse patient populations, including providing nephrology care in the Bronx, Westchester County, and rural Idaho. At the Brooklyn Bowery Center she currently assesses patients with addiction and mental and physical illness. She will begin her work as a nephrologist with Northern Medical Group in New York this summer. In addition to her clinical work and research, Dr. Rodriguez has experience in the nonprofit sector; she founded an organization to help send medical aid to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. 

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